Just recently, I watched a film entitled Peaceful Warrior: simple lessons cloaked in a modern teaching tale. Based on a true story, this is the struggle of a young man’s journey to find himself after a potentially debilitating accident.
The underlying teachings speak to each one of us, as long as we can stay present to listen. Several key phrases are: “All you have is right now. You can live a whole lifetime without ever being awake. People are not their thoughts. Stop gathering information from the outside; start gathering it from the inside.”
At one point, the student turned to his teacher remarking, “You are out of your mind.”
The teacher, played by Nick Nolte working as a gas station attendant, replied, “It has taken a lifetime of practice.” He went on to explain that some times you have to “lose your mind to come to your senses.”
If there are no “ordinary moments,” and if all that we have is “right now,” shouldn’t we be looking for the purpose in every action that we take or every obstacle that we encounter? If a “warrior acts” and a “fool reacts,” perhaps it is time to become conscious of the choices that we make and revisit the stories that we tell ourselves.
Peaceful Warrior is a worthy watch. It will touch on your vulnerability, arouse your curiosity and quietly challenge you to awaken to the very moments that make up your life.
Image: Tdukes, UK, 2005